Nothing about tonight's Presidential debates changed my mind or my vote. I have always had respect for John McCain's service to his country, as a soldier, a POW, and a Senator... I don't think he did badly in tonight's debate with Barack Obama. Other than the fact that he developed a weird, nervous giggle; dredged up tangential anecdotes from the distant past; and refused to make eye contact with Obama or even turn slightly to acknowledge his opponent, he didn't do too badly.
But if his choice of Sarah Palin as running mate isn't proof the man lacks the judgment necessary to lead this country at one of its most challenging times, I don't know what is:
She's even more inarticulate than President Bush. After watching her struggle to link words together in a coherent sentence, I was ready to forgive Bush his inability to pronounce "nuclear" after eight years of constant coaching. Palin truly is the "people's choice" among those who think Barack Obama is "elitist" for being well-educated and articulate. She makes them feel smart.
See the video below. Did anyone else immediately think, "Wow, this could be Palin's running mate in four years, should (God forbid!) anything happen to McCain"?
Will Sarah Palin debate Joe Biden? Will the McCain campaign let her speak in public after that disastrous interview?
I doubt even Henry Higgins could pull of a miracle of that magnitude.